The world in which classical positivistic science and technology obtained great success has vanished. However, the way of thinking promoted by that epoch still lingers in our social consciousness, sometimes as a burden. To conquer the shortcomings of classical analytical science in the modern, ever more complex world, systems theory and its applications within systems science present an alternative to old paradigms.Systems theorists see common principles in the structure and operation of systems of all kinds and sizes. They promote an interdisciplinary science adapted for a universal applic
Preface; Contents; 1 The Emergence of Holistic Thinking; 2 Basic Ideas of General Systems Theory; 3 A Selection of Systems Theories; 4 Communication and Information Theory; 5 Some Theories of Brain and Mind; 6 Artificial Intelligence and Life; 7 Organizational Theory and Management Cybernetics; 8 Decision-Making and Decision Aids; 9 Informatics; 10 Some of the Systems Methodologies; 11 The Future of Systems Theory; References; Name Index; Subject Index
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